Without volunteering, we don’t have community. On the island, this tradition runs deep. It sets us apart from the others.
This Saturday at 11am the Queen Kaahumanu Center, the County of Maui Volunteer Center will present the Volunteer Expo 2011. It’s a celebration of the county joining the Hands on Network volunteer management platform and launching the HandsOnMaui.com website for local non-profits.
“We see it as a dream come true for organizations,” said Wendy Stebbins, Maui County Volunteer Coordinator for the past five years. “The website is a one-stop shop for volunteering and a powerful way to recruit volunteers throughout the world.”
Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, the Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble and magician Timothy Wenk will provide live entertainment for the crowd, while Joe Hawkins, host of KONI radio’s “Maui Sunrise Show,” will emcee and give away door prizes.
Throughout the two-hour event, people can browse the exhibits, play educational games and chat with 25 non-profit agencies about the range of unique social, cultural and environmental volunteer projects available in Maui County. Vendor booths planned include:
- Maui Nui Botanical Garden’s photos of native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants and their cultural uses and play a native plant identification game;
- Keiki Kokua Thrift Store to play “The Price is Right” and win prizes;
- Friends of Haleakala National Park to adopt a Nene goose or sign up for a service project in the Park;
- Pacific Primate Sanctuary to see videos of their monkeys in the sanctuary and more.
A project of Maui County’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns Volunteer Center, handsonmaui.com is the first in the state to use the software from Hands on Network that provides an online volunteer management platform while expanding capabilities to track and report hours and volunteer opportunities in real time.
Participating non-profits include Aging with Aloha; American Heart Association; American Lung Association; American Red Cross; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; Community Work Day; Friends of Haleakala National Park; Habitat for Humanity; Haleakala National Park; HandsOn Maui; Imua Family Services; Kaunoa Assisted Transportation and Meals on Wheels Program; Kaunoa RSVP Program; Keiki Kokua; Maui Adult Day Care; Maui Humane Society; Maui Nui Botanical Garden; MEO – Americorp; MEO – Ka Wili Pu Program; Na Hoaloha – Neighbor Helping Neighbor; Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.; Rotary Clubs of Maui, Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, Maui County and The Maui Farm.
The Volunteer Expo is sponsored by the County of Maui. Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Volunteer Center, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc. and the Queen Kaahumanu Center.